China – Apr Retail Sales
15/05/2019 01:10 pm MYT
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Retail sales in Apr rose 7.2% from a year ago, down 1.5 percentage points from Mar – see figure 1. The moderation in retail sales was mainly due to fewer holidays in Apr this compared with Apr last year. Given a stable labour market, private consumption should remain as the main driver of economic growth in 2019.

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Even four months after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, scientists still do not fully understand the mysterious coronavirus - hence, no cure is in sight. Although an increasing number of countries are relaxing restrictions and reopening their economies, with the threat of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still grave and present, most businesses cannot operate normally and some remain closed. As a result, the retrenchment wave has started, with the SME Association of Malaysia reporting that some companies have already retrenched a third of their staff, with more retrenchments on the way. Meanwhile, the Malaysian Employers Federation, the country’s biggest federation of employers, warned that more than 2 mln people may lose their jobs after Raya.

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